Good Morning. It's Tuesday 28th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Manchester Utd plotting £60m Phillips capture
The Daily Star are reporting (so it must be true) that Manchester United have lost interest in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, in favour of England teammate Kalvin Phillips. Bringing a top drawer defensive midfielder is high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wish list, but they believe West Ham's valuation of 90m is too high, and have turned their attention across the Pennines! They estimate a fee between 50m - 60m would be sufficient to lure the 25yo to Old Trafford.
The Yorkshire Pirlo came close to leaving Elland Road in the Summer of 2019, in favour of Aston Villa. Only a timely intervention from Victor Orta, and wise words from his late grandmother, spared Leeds heartache. Later that Summer, Phillips signed a new and improved four year contract that expires in the Summer of 2024.
Having not strengthened sufficiently in the Summer, many questions have been raised about their lack of ambition. Whilst I'm sure all Leeds fans are grateful for what Radrizzzani has done for the club, Leeds cannot expect to keep their prized assets unless they can demonstrate that they are moving forward. Survival is not enough!
Leeds need five or six players in January
Former player, now pundit Frank McAvennie believes Leeds need to invest in five or six new players in the January transfer window if they want to continue with their intense playing style. The 61yo former West Ham and Scotland hitman accepts that whilst Bielsa will not change his playing style, the squad are going to be more susceptible to injury. According to McAvennie...
Leeds play with such a high tempo. It’s so intense, if you play like that, there will be injuries. They haven’t prepared for that. “They aren’t like Manchester City, they don’t have two different starting sides. There’s nothing Bielsa can do about that. He won’t change his style for anyone. They have to go out in January and buy five or six, I’m not joking. If they want to keep playing like that, with players flying into tackles, people will get injured.
Is big Frank right? We got away with it in our first season back in the top flight, but are starting to feel it now? Are Leeds missing out on points due to not changing their tactics?